Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Casa de Sabicas Reserva 2003 Alentejo

Sabica was a clever lady who lived in the
second half of the 19th Century.
She was head of a large agricultural dynastie
in Alentejo. Graca Sanrana Ramalho, a great
godchild of hers, decided to continue the tradition
of here elder relative and continue to grow the
traditional Portuguese grapes.
The top wine from the vineyard is our wine.
Casa de Sabicas Reserva 2003
Alentejo, Portugal
Medium deep colour; dark chocolate, lots of deep fruit aromas..and a curious unknown smell..I still can't pinpoint it...maybe one of the grape types..Aragonês is very dominant here(Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon & Alicante Bouschet are the others)...prunes; although the wine needs more time to develop..the opening mouthful was quite easy...then the gentle tannins took over, spices, touch of coffee, softened with airing...and held up next day. This spends 12 months in oak..then 12 months on bottle before being released.

Points 16......but in 2-3 years maybe a bit more.

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